A study of a global manufacturing firm found that scientists and engineers who often walked by one another in the office were significantly more likely to end up collaborating at the beginning of projects.
A researcher that studied the effects of spontaneous work-related communication and found less idea generation for groups that were located in different places. However, being located in different places did not matter for later stages of a project.
- Remote work creates less weak ties which is important for diverse collaboration and creativity.
- Organizational support of remote work correlates with reported productivity